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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Randolph Easton

professor emeritus


Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 1974


Scholarly Interests: Perceptual and cognitive processes; spatial representation and imagery; relations among the perceptual systems; visual dominance; sensory substitution in the handicapped.

Academic Profile: Professor Easton joined the department in 1974. He specializes in the relationship between different perceptual systems. One major program of research focuses on the extent to which perceptual systems can share information, especially at the presemantic level where modularity of the systems is thought to be the primary architecture. Another major program of research explores sensory substitution in visually impaired people, in particular the ability of the auditory and somatosensory systems to convey information typically garnered by the visual system. Major funding for the sensory substitution work for the past twenty years has been provided by The National Eye Institute.